**Disclaimer: I was given a free ARC in exchange for an honest review from as part of a tour from Turn the Page Tours.**
Title The Witch Haven
Author Sasha Peyton Smith
Release Date August 31, 2021
Date Finished September 1, 2021
The Last Magician meets The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy in this thrilling and atmospheric historical fantasy following a young woman who discovers she has magical powers and is thrust into a battle between witches and wizards.
In 1911 New York City, seventeen-year-old Frances Hallowell spends her days as a seamstress, mourning the mysterious death of her brother months prior. Everything changes when she’s attacked and a man ends up dead at her feet—her scissors in his neck, and she can’t explain how they got there.
Before she can be condemned as a murderess, two cape-wearing nurses arrive to inform her she is deathly ill and ordered to report to Haxahaven Sanitarium. But Frances finds Haxahaven isn’t a sanitarium at all: it’s a school for witches. Within Haxahaven’s glittering walls, Frances finds the sisterhood she craves, but the headmistress warns Frances that magic is dangerous. Frances has no interest in the small, safe magic of her school, and is instead enchanted by Finn, a boy with magic himself who appears in her dreams and tells her he can teach her all she’s been craving to learn, lessons that may bring her closer to discovering what truly happened to her brother.
Frances’s newfound power attracts the attention of the leader of an ancient order who yearns for magical control of Manhattan. And who will stop at nothing to have Frances by his side. Frances must ultimately choose what matters more, justice for her murdered brother and her growing feelings for Finn, or the safety of her city and fellow witches. What price would she pay for power, and what if the truth is more terrible than she ever imagined?
I couldn’t wait to start this book. I’ve had my eye on it for a while now since I love historical fantasy.
Some Things I Liked
Historical fantasy. It’s basically my favorite genre. I love the idea of marrying fantasy elements and history. This book was a perfect blend. And, to top it all off, it was set in a city that I love and loved reading about.
Magic system. I also really liked the magic system in this book. Witchcraft and magic explained some of the world but it wasn’t a magic “fix it” for everything. I loved that about it.
I think the ending of this book leaves the reader wanting more. I can definitely see more books being set in this series and I could also imagine more books set in this world, revolving around different characters. I would keep reading.
I really enjoyed this book. I think it was a perfect debut and I can’t wait to see more from this author.
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